Care Planning classes

Care Planning for Smarties

We present a series of community education programs on care planning. Care planning is the way you can obtain the health and medical care you want and avoid the care you don’t want, even if you’re ill and can’t speak for yourself.

Presenters Edward Long, JD and Ellen Gorbunoff, RN (board members of Caring House) developed these programs based on years of experience seeing both successful and failed care planning. Each program runs about 90 minutes. Student

  1. The Six Keys to Care Planning Success.
    This program provides a solid primer on care planning. It stands alone, and programs 2 through 5 (below) then can take you deeper into these important topics.
  2. Who Ya Gonna Name? Plus Advance Directives 101.
    You’ll discover seven key criteria to help you select the best person to speak for you. Then you’ll examine the key parts of an Advance Directive document.
  3. What Ya Gonna Tell Em?
    Helps you figure out your wishes and what matters to you. Plus tips on communicating with those who need to know.
  4. I’ve Been Named. How Do I Do an Amazing Job?
    So, you’re named to speak for a family member or friend. As an “Agent in training” you’ll learn the keys to being an effective Agent on their behalf.
  5. Care Lingo Decoded. Plus California’s End of Life Option Act.
    Continuing your “Agent in training” work you’ll unravel hospital and care lingo like CPR, POLST, DNR, AND, ANH, intubation, feeding tube, respirator and much more. We’ll wrap up with the nuts and bolts of California’s 2016 physician-assisted suicide law.

We also have a 25 – 30 minute introductory program. If your group of 25 or more is interested, email and we’ll follow up with you.